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Ultra Short Term Bond Funds

Updated on May 18, 2022 , 5736 views

Ultra short term funds, earlier referred as Liquid Plus Funds, are funds that invest in debt instruments having residual maturities of more than 91 days and typically less than 1 year(in some cases they may go upto 1.5 years). Ultra Short Term Funds are short term investments that are highly suitable for investors who are willing to marginally increase the risk of investment to earn good returns. Essentially, Ultra short Funds invest in money market securities and other debt instruments of short maturities, however, the average portfolio maturity of these funds is generally little higher than that of Liquid Funds.

Ultra SHort Term Bond Fund

Also known as Cash or Treasury Management Funds, Ultra Short Term Funds generally offer good returns that other types of Debt fund (like Liquid Mutual Funds).

Ultra Short Term Bond Funds Features

Fund Type

Ultra-Short Term Funds are open-ended and the maturity period of funds varies from fund to fund. The maturity is very short(usually a couple of months) but longer than that of liquid funds. The investors can easily buy and sell the units of these funds as per the NAV (Net Asset Value) of the Redemption day.

For Ultra Short Term Funds, the purchase happens on a (T+0) Basis. This means that the NAV is fixed on the same day as the funds reach the AMC. For e.g. for an investor purchasing the fund within the cut-off time on a Tuesday (and funds being realised), the NAV date applicable would be Tuesday itself.

Exit Load of Ultra Short Term Bond Funds

Some Ultra Short Term Funds may have exit loads on exits made within very short periods of time (ranging from 7 days to 1 month). The period till which exit load applies may vary with funds. However, some ultra short terms funds do not have any exit loads also.

Returns of Ultra Short Term Funds

The returns may be paid to the investors in the form of Dividends (in the case of Dividend Funds) or in terms of appreciation of the fund NAV (in the case of Growth funds).

Redemption Ultra Short Term Funds

In the case of redemption, the process is the same for both liquid funds and Ultra Short Term Funds. For all redemption requests received by the AMC within the cut-off time (3 PM), the proceeds are paid to the customer the next day i.e. on a (T+1) basis. Albeit, if the request gets registered after 3 PM, the investors shall receive the redemption amount day after.

Minimum Amount of Investment

The minimum of Investing in Ultra Short Term Funds is INR 5,000 to 10,000 (on the retail plans).

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Investment Avenues of Ultra Short Mutual Funds

Ultra Short Term Funds are fixed Income investments that invest in money Market instruments like Treasury Bills but these may be 91-Day, 182-Day or 360-Day Treasury Bills. They can also invest in CDs and CPs having residual maturities longer than 91 days. Moreover, it is sometimes understood that there is no credit risk in such portfolios. However, this is not the case. Any short term investment like Ultra Short Funds can give a negative return as well if there is a Default. But, most companies delay payments on longer-dated Bonds before they start defaulting on short term debt (since this would lead a freeze in short term credit). Also, the investors need to carefully look at the portfolio in these funds to assess the quality of instruments and be ready to take that risk.

Why Invest in Best Ultra Short Term Funds?

Typically, the yield on a debt instrument is higher for instruments with longer maturities. Think of it as a way to reward the extra risk that investors take to be invested in the instruments for a longer period of time. In finance, this is called the liquidity premium Theory. Thus, securities in Ultra Short Mutual Funds usually earn a higher yield as compared to Liquid funds (albeit at a relatively higher risk). As a result, Ultra Short Term Funds may give marginally better returns than Liquid funds over comparable periods of time. So, make a sensible short-term investment in Mutual Funds by investing in Best Ultra Short term Mutual Funds to earn good returns with less volatility.

Taxation of Ultra Short Term Funds

In the below table, the returns of Ultra Short Bond Funds received in the form of a dividend are tax-free in the hands of investors.

However, a Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) is deducted at the source by fund houses, which is 25% in case of Debt Funds like Ultra Short Term Funds.

Liquid Funds Liquid Funds Ultra Short Funds Ultra Short Funds
Class of Investors Individuals/HUF Corporate Individuals/HUF Corporate
Dividend Distribution Tax 27.038% 32.445% 13. 519% 32.445%
Short Term Capital Gains As per income tax Slab Rates As per Income Tax Slab Rates As per Income Tax Slab Rates As per Income Tax Slab Rates

(Please note, investors are advised to consult their Tax consultant before taking any decisions)

Best Performing Ultra Short Debt Funds to Invest FY 22 - 23

Below is the list of top funds have net assets over 100 Crore and managing assets for atleast 3 years.

FundNAVNet Assets (Cr)1 MO (%)3 MO (%)6 MO (%)1 YR (%)3 YR (%)5 YR (%)
Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan Growth ₹34.5099
↑ 0.00
₹2930.33.98.315.69.18.9
Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund Growth ₹3,288.19
↑ 0.53
₹4,9850.10.71.77.34.25.1
UTI Ultra Short Term Fund Growth ₹3,464.8
↑ 0.16
₹2,50600.51.45.84.35.3
Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 20 May 22

1. Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan

To provide a combination of regular income and high liquidity by investing primarily in a mix of short term debt and money market instruments.

Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan is a Debt - Ultrashort Bond fund was launched on 18 Dec 07. It is a fund with Moderate risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 9% since its launch.  Return for 2021 was 11.9% , 2020 was 4% and 2019 was 9.6% .

Below is the key information for Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan

Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan
Growth
Launch Date 18 Dec 07
NAV (20 May 22) ₹34.5099 ↑ 0.00   (0.01 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹293 on 30 Apr 22
Category Debt - Ultrashort Bond
AMC Franklin Templeton Asst Mgmt(IND)Pvt Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderate
Expense Ratio 0.52
Sharpe Ratio 2.89
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 10,000
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 0%
Effective Maturity 1 Year 15 Days
Modified Duration

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
30 Apr 17₹10,000
30 Apr 18₹10,783
30 Apr 19₹11,802
30 Apr 20₹12,290
30 Apr 21₹13,423
30 Apr 22₹15,371

Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹206,148.
Net Profit of ₹26,148
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Returns for Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 20 May 22

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.3%
3 Month 3.9%
6 Month 8.3%
1 Year 15.6%
3 Year 9.1%
5 Year 8.9%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 9%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2021 11.9%
2020 4%
2019 9.6%
2018 8.7%
2017 8.2%
2016 9.7%
2015 9.7%
2014 10%
2013 10%
2012 10.3%
Fund Manager information for Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan
NameSinceTenure
Santosh Kamath25 Oct 183.52 Yr.
Pallab Roy1 Jun 0813.92 Yr.

Data below for Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Super Institutional Plan as on 30 Apr 22

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash100%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Cash Equivalent100%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
A100%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
SBI Overnight Fund Dir Gr
Investment Fund | -
100%₹294 Cr846,216
↓ -87
Call, Cash & Other Assets
Net Current Assets | -
0%₹0 Cr

2. Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund

(Erstwhile Reliance Liquid Fund - Cash Plan)

The investment objective of the Scheme is to generate optimal returns consistent with moderate levels of risk and high liquidity. Accordingly, investments shall predominantly be made in Debt and Money Market Instruments.

Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund is a Debt - Ultrashort Bond fund was launched on 7 Dec 01. It is a fund with Low risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 6% since its launch.  Ranked 62 in Ultrashort Bond category.  Return for 2021 was 7.8% , 2020 was 4.9% and 2019 was 0.9% .

Below is the key information for Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund

Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund
Growth
Launch Date 7 Dec 01
NAV (20 May 22) ₹3,288.19 ↑ 0.53   (0.02 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹4,985 on 30 Apr 22
Category Debt - Ultrashort Bond
AMC Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd.
Rating
Risk Low
Expense Ratio 1.09
Sharpe Ratio 1.46
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 100
Min SIP Investment 100
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 5.04%
Effective Maturity 5 Months 21 Days
Modified Duration 4 Months 22 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
30 Apr 17₹10,000
30 Apr 18₹10,598
30 Apr 19₹11,303
30 Apr 20₹11,353
30 Apr 21₹11,969
30 Apr 22₹12,878

Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹197,169.
Net Profit of ₹17,169
Invest Now

Returns for Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 20 May 22

DurationReturns
1 Month 0.1%
3 Month 0.7%
6 Month 1.7%
1 Year 7.3%
3 Year 4.2%
5 Year 5.1%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 6%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2021 7.8%
2020 4.9%
2019 0.9%
2018 7.3%
2017 5.8%
2016 6.8%
2015 7.6%
2014 8.4%
2013 8.5%
2012 9.2%
Fund Manager information for Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund
NameSinceTenure
Vivek Sharma1 Oct 138.59 Yr.
Kinjal Desai25 May 183.94 Yr.

Data below for Nippon India Ultra Short Duration Fund as on 30 Apr 22

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash53.85%
Debt46.15%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Corporate41.89%
Cash Equivalent39.36%
Government18.76%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AA25.73%
AAA74.27%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
182 Dtb 15092022
Sovereign Bonds | -
4%₹222 Cr22,500,000
HDB Financial Services Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹161 Cr1,500
↑ 1,500
Tata Realty And Infrastructure Limited 6.24%
Debentures | -
3%₹150 Cr1,500
↑ 1,500
182 Dtb 11082022
Sovereign Bonds | -
3%₹148 Cr15,000,000
Piramal Enterprises Ltd.
Debentures | -
3%₹146 Cr3,000
↑ 3,000
Reliance Industries Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹103 Cr1,000
Shriram Housing Finance Company Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹101 Cr1,000
HDFC Bank Ltd
Debentures | -
2%₹98 Cr2,000
↑ 2,000
Reliance Industries Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹86 Cr850
Piramal Capital & Housing Finance Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹76 Cr750,000
↑ 500,000

3. UTI Ultra Short Term Fund

(Erstwhile UTI - Floating Rate Fund - Short Term Plan)

To generate regular income through investment in a portfolio comprising substantially of floating rate debt / money market instruments, fixed rate debt / money market instruments swapped for floating rate returns. The Scheme may also invest a portion of its net assets in fixed rate debt securities and money market instruments .However there can be no assurance that the investment objective of the Scheme will be achieved. The Scheme does not guarantee / indicate any returns.

UTI Ultra Short Term Fund is a Debt - Ultrashort Bond fund was launched on 29 Aug 03. It is a fund with Moderately Low risk and has given a CAGR/Annualized return of 6.9% since its launch.  Ranked 27 in Ultrashort Bond category.  Return for 2021 was 6.1% , 2020 was 5.3% and 2019 was 3.3% .

Below is the key information for UTI Ultra Short Term Fund

UTI Ultra Short Term Fund
Growth
Launch Date 29 Aug 03
NAV (20 May 22) ₹3,464.8 ↑ 0.16   (0.00 %)
Net Assets (Cr) ₹2,506 on 30 Apr 22
Category Debt - Ultrashort Bond
AMC UTI Asset Management Company Ltd
Rating
Risk Moderately Low
Expense Ratio 0.96
Sharpe Ratio 0.95
Information Ratio 0
Alpha Ratio 0
Min Investment 5,000
Min SIP Investment 500
Exit Load NIL
Yield to Maturity 4.65%
Effective Maturity 4 Months 20 Days
Modified Duration 4 Months 15 Days

Growth of 10,000 investment over the years.

DateValue
30 Apr 17₹10,000
30 Apr 18₹10,637
30 Apr 19₹11,416
30 Apr 20₹11,707
30 Apr 21₹12,255
30 Apr 22₹13,007

UTI Ultra Short Term Fund SIP Returns

   
My Monthly Investment:
Investment Tenure:
Years
Expected Annual Returns:
%
Total investment amount is ₹180,000
expected amount after 3 Years is ₹197,169.
Net Profit of ₹17,169
Invest Now

Returns for UTI Ultra Short Term Fund

Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) basis. as on 20 May 22

DurationReturns
1 Month 0%
3 Month 0.5%
6 Month 1.4%
1 Year 5.8%
3 Year 4.3%
5 Year 5.3%
10 Year
15 Year
Since launch 6.9%
Historical performance (Yearly) on absolute basis
YearReturns
2021 6.1%
2020 5.3%
2019 3.3%
2018 7%
2017 6.6%
2016 8.9%
2015 8.5%
2014 8.8%
2013 9.8%
2012 9%
Fund Manager information for UTI Ultra Short Term Fund
NameSinceTenure
Ritesh Nambiar1 Jul 156.84 Yr.

Data below for UTI Ultra Short Term Fund as on 30 Apr 22

Asset Allocation
Asset ClassValue
Cash54.42%
Debt45.58%
Debt Sector Allocation
SectorValue
Cash Equivalent46.44%
Corporate37.66%
Government15.9%
Credit Quality
RatingValue
AA22.85%
AAA77.15%
Top Securities Holdings / Portfolio
NameHoldingValueQuantity
182 Dtb 04082022
Sovereign Bonds | -
7%₹148 Cr1,500,000,000
↑ 1,000,000,000
8.15% Govt Stock 2022
Sovereign Bonds | -
5%₹116 Cr1,150,000,000
TATA Steel Limited
Debentures | -
5%₹102 Cr550
India (Republic of)
Sovereign Bonds | -
5%₹99 Cr1,000,000,000
The Tata Power Company Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹71 Cr700
Cholamandalam Investment And Fin. Co. Ltd
Debentures | -
3%₹60 Cr500
Rural Electrification Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
3%₹56 Cr545
Rural Electrification Corporation Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹51 Cr510
National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development
Debentures | -
2%₹50 Cr500
LIC Housing Finance Limited
Debentures | -
2%₹50 Cr500

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